Malifaux Commission

I’ve finally got started on this, after stripping them of primer; twice now. The second time was my fault, due to the cold weather we have been having here. Trying to do it indoors, isn’t always a good idea; as it still stinks no matter how little you spray.

Having painted some of the original metal models from Wyrd, I was looking forward to getting my first look and painting; of the new plastics. Sadly this has been a bit of a disappointment, which I hope is only restricted to this crew.

So what are the problems:

Lots of moulding gaps and seam lines. Thankfully a lot of the cleaning was done before hand by the client, but there is still a lot of large gaps that needed filling. One of the worst was on Mei Feng, around the hairline a gap of about 0.5 – 1mm; made it look like she had a badly fitted wig.

Sculpting is very lacking, with hardly any definition on the bodies and especially the faces. These are supposed to be 32mm ‘heroic’. which is nowhere near what these are. At best they are 28mm true scale. This can be seen clearly in the photo, with Kang, the largest of the models against Privateer Press 28/30mm Bane Lord Tartarus.

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The plastic is very flexible, which is great if you want curves and arches. In the handles/shafts of weapons (shovels, mallets in this case), bendy plastics are not a good thing.

I appreciate that this is new to Wyrd, as it is with many of the companies switching from metal to plastics/resins. However, this isn’t endearing me; to take up Malifaux again given these issues. As I said originally, I hope this is only restricted to this particular crew; but we will see.

Railcrew Commission

Even though I have put Malifaux to the side, I was recently asked to paint a crew from the Ten Thunders.

I’ve been referencing a lot of pictures, from the building of the Transcontinential Railway.  Thousands of Chinese immigrants were used to build a vast portion of the railroad, many thousands died as well; due to harsh conditions or maltreatment.  So some will ask, why is this important to painting a model?

My approach to painting, is that each model tells a story, whether you make it up or take reference from real life; the story is what you paint in that character.  So the idea I’m (hopefully) building with this crew, is one of sorrow and a desire for revenge; Mei Feng and her Railcrew are out for justice.

Who’s got the Map?

Yesterday was the 2nd Malifaux event at Worlds at War.  As planned, I ran the Kirai crew again, with the addition of Jaakuna Ubume and some Gaki’s.

  • Kirai
  • Datsue-ba
  • Gaki
  • Seishin
  • Seishin
  • Seishin
  • Taelor

I had wanted initially to run without Taelor in the crew, but it worked out better to have Jaakuna as summoned.

First game was against Greg, running a Nicodem crew; which was a series of silly mistakes.  At this time I was unaware there was a restriction on the use of Schemes, which prevented using the same scheme twice in the event.  So taking Death after Death and Stake a Claim together, wasn’t the best option for me.  In quick succession, caused by a bottleneck through terrain; Nicodem wiped out Kirai and 3 Seishin.  This was pretty much game over in turn 2, no way to gain Death after Death; with Stake a Claim a very very long impossible shot.  I think making the switch from WM/H to Malifaux was difficult yesterday, as with Kirai I have to hold her back from my normal aggressive style.

Lessons learned though and definitely something to work on in future games.  Moving onto Game 2, which was against Victoria and her Colette & Showgirls crew.  Despite getting beat, it was a really good game; with an opponent that knew their models well.

Strategy was Supply Wagon, which you can see mine above.  With the schemes chosen being Framed for Murder and Hold Out.  It was really frustrating, to see my Gaki ready to engage Colette; so she could kill it (Framed for Murder).  Only to see Colette jump to the other side of the board, to swap places with the Coryphee Duet; scheme one stuffed.  I did manage to hold out and despite some attacks on the wagon, it survived without damage.  2 Victory Points, but Victoria did well to claim the game with 3 VP.

For whatever reason, the software used by the TO; drew me against Victoria again.  Despite suggestions from two other players, who were happy to swap; the TO decided to stick with the software. Fair enough, if I could have; I would have swapped crews at this time just to make it different.  Sadly it was Kirai v Colette again, with a whole new set of challenges.  This time the strategy was Turf War, with the schemes I decided to go for Betrayed by Spirits and Bodyguard.

This is the first incarnation of Ikiryo, almost killing Cassandra; to allow a healing flip on Kirai.  One measly HP away from killing her, so frustrating. Not wanting to miss next time, I took a massive risk, moving Kirai close to the action taking 5 WD’s; just to place Ikiryo within melee of Colette.  Sadly nothing came of it and ended up Ikiryo was killed again.  In the end it came down to time, with Victoria deservedly winning again.  I gained 2 VP for Bodyguard, but lacked the models for keeping Duet and Cassandra from claiming the Deployment Zone.

Over all I really enjoyed the day, still got a lot of work to do; to iron out the mistakes.  However, it is slowly sticking what I need to do with each model, especially the Seishin; which I might just add one more to the list for the 35ss next time.

Upcoming Events

26th August – Intrepidations, Perth 35pts SR2012 – Once again up to blustery Perth for a tournament. Hoping to have Gapsy3 ready by then, but if not I’ll fall back to my trusted Morty and A N Other caster.

8th Sept – ELG, Edinburgh 35pt SR2012. This will be part of a slow grow league that ELG are running just now. While they are trying to keep it within the club, they have opened it up to non-members. If your interested, visit the site – Edinburgh League of Gamers

9th Sept – Worlds at War, Livingston – 50pt SR2012 (2 list, D&C & Chess Clock) This will be the first time I have run this format, but it looked really interesting when I saw it at the ETC’s.

Dates for Diaries

I thought March was busy, April and May are going to be mental.

April 21st – April Annihilation.  A 35pt SR2012 event at Worlds at War, Livingston.  There is space for 16 players, but this may well be the last 16 player tournament held in the shop.  Frank the owner has done a lot for the WM/H (and general gaming) in the area, but now feels he needs to cater to the needs of the business better.  With the closure of the local GW shop, he is looking to help those players out by stocking a small amount of their gaming needs.  This means cutting back on the gaming tables, to make room for some changes.  Next Worlds at War tournament will most likely be 12 players max.

May 6th – Chaos of the Warp 3.  CotW started in December 2011, to bring a more fun side to the game of 40K.  Since then, they have run several tournaments, which they are now expanding out to other systems.  CotW 3 will include Warmachine/Hordes, where I will be running a 35pt SR2012 (2 list Divide & Conquer) event.  Space is limited to 10 spaces, but players can buy tickets in advance ahead of time at the Cotw website.

Last up the big one….

20th May – Worlds Game Day. Worlds at War will be combining Flames of War and WM/H into one event.  Running tournaments of both on the same day, in some really nice surroundings at Howden Park Centre.  If you would like tickets, they should be bought in advance from the shop website (Worlds at War).  For those interested in the WM/H section, it will be as follows:

Date – 20th May 2012
Players Spaces – up to 32
No. of Rounds – 4 Rounds (up to 16 players)
5 Round (16+ Players)

Round 1 – 35 pts
Round 2 – 35 pts
Round 3 – 35 pts
Round 4 – 35 pts (16+ Players) or 50 pts (less than 16 players)
Round 5 – 50 pts (16+ Players ONLY)

For all rounds of 35 pts, you will require 2 lists, under the standard SR 2012 (Character Restrictions apply).

For the final 50 pts, there is only ONE list needed. This army does NOT need to meet Character Restriction criteria. This is an all or nothing last game, so choose your army wisely.

As I said, this is going to be a massive day for all concerned; not just the organising of it.  I should also point out, all profits from ticket sales, etc will be going to the British Legion.  Prize support is coming from both Worlds at War or from donations of prizes.   It is hoped these events will be bi-annual; but we will see how this one goes first.  Depending on demand, Frank has also been talking about adding in either 40K or Malifaux as well.